Papua New Guinea: students shot, country damaged


Author: Bill Standish, Canberra

On Wednesday 8 June, Papua New Guinea police fired on a peaceful student demonstration at the University of PNG (UPNG); four students received bullet wounds, 20 were injured and hundreds tear-gassed. Read more…

PNG politics after the boom

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill at the official opening of the Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 8 September 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Bill Standish, Canberra

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) government has finally admitted that PNG’s revenue surge has ended. As long as PNG’s mining boom lasted, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill could build parliamentary support by allocating constituency funds to each member of parliament’s (MP) district. So how will restricted funds impact upon O’Neill’s political position and the stability of the government? Read more…

From economic boom to crisis management in PNG

A parachutist comes in to land at an event at the sports stadium to mark 40 years of independence in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 16 September 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Paul Flanagan, ANU

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a land of contrasts. 2015 started with the prospect of PNG having the highest GDP growth rate in the world at over 21 per cent. It finished in crisis management and cash shortages. PNG proudly celebrated its 40th anniversary of independence, hosted a successful yet expensive Pacific Games and its prime minister strode the world and regional stage. Read more…

Getting PNG’s informal economy right

Street vendors are seen near the stilted village of Hanuabada near Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Saturday, 12 Sep 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Busa Jeremiah Wenogo, CIMC

On 19 October 2015 the Constitutional Law Reform Commission launched the draft report on the Review of the Informal Sector Development and Control (ISDC) Act of 2004 at the University of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The report contains a set of recommendations and a proposed bill to replace ISDC Act to be presented to the government for its consideration later in 2015. Read more…

Bougainville looks towards the referendum at 2015 election

Panguna villagers vote in Papua New Guinea's autonomous region of Bougainville back in May, 2010. This was the second ever general election and the tiny Pacific island now prepares for the 2015 referendum on full independence from PNG. (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Kerryn Baker and Thiago Cintra Oppermann, ANU

Bougainville went to the polls in May 2015 for the third Autonomous Bougainville Government election since the Bougainville Peace Agreement was signed in 2001. The election was a significant political milestone for the region, marking the beginning of a five-year window in which a referendum on independence is scheduled to be held. It also saw the first woman member of the House of Representatives to be elected in an open seat, Josephine Getsi of Peit constituency. Read more…

Reforms can secure Papua New Guinea’s growth

The Motu stilt village in Port Moresby March 22, 2014. They were rebuilt in all-Australian building materials, corrugated iron and fibrocement and the people have retained many traditional Motu customs. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Paul Holden, PPSDI

Papua New Guinea’s recent period of exponential growth places it among the world’s most rapidly developing economies.

Between 2005 and 2014, PNG’s economy expanded at a real annual rate of 6.6 per cent and income per capita reached US$2,081. Read more…

Papua New Guinea’s informal economy needs support

A street vendor sells betel nuts on Manus Island, PNG. Authorities believe the trade is a blight on the country, but it is also an important domestic industry. (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Busa Jeremiah Wenogo, CIMC, and John Conroy, ANU

In Papua New Guinea (PNG) it is government policy to encourage growth and development of the informal economy. This may surprise observers aware of how often the ‘informal sector’ is the subject of controversy. Read more…